With a 14-point lead, (Lebron) James pounded the ball at the top of the circle, split Russell Westbrook and (Serge) Ibaka, and soared to slam it down over Ibaka’s seemingly endless outstretched arm. He hit the mark, recording the two points, but also got hit in the nose. That sent him sprawling backward over the baseline. He stayed down there as Durant traveled on the other end, rolled over to reveal bloody streams on the white “N” of Thunder.
“I’m like everybody else,” (HEAT Coach Erick) Spoelstra said. “You’re used to seeing him like Superman, and get up and sprint back, even after tough hits and tough falls. So you knew something was up.”
The Heat trainer, Jay Sabol, raced over, as did teammates and the rest of the coaching staff. Eventually, he rose to cover his face with a towel, and Wade was among those who walked him past the bench, as he trudged back to the locker room. He took a concussion test, which was negative, and Spoelstra said that he would take an X-ray later.
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